Conservatism Is Dead
February 18, 2009
An intellectual autopsy of the movement.
Signs Of Creeping Dole-ism
November 03, 2008
If you, like John McCain, are extremely sensitive to being compared to Bob Dole, is it really such a good idea to start referring to yourself in the third person? That said, McCain's final, frenetic schedule doesn't hold a candle to Dole's fabled 96-hour marathon. --Jason Zengerle
McCain: Channeling Dole More Than Ever
October 08, 2008
David Kusnet was chief speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1994. He is the author of Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America's Best Workers Are Unhappier than Ever.
Comparing 1996 And 2008
July 23, 2008
If you want to start worrying about the presidential election this year, you can look at the comparison between 1996 and 2008. John McCain is a similar candidate to Bob Dole--a war hero, running on his experience, but also somewhat past his political prime. The Democrats had the advantage of incumbency in 1996, but of course Bill Clinton had been rebuked by voters in 1994. In July 1996, Democrats only enjoyed a 5.1 percent advantage in generic congressional polls. Yet in late July, Clinton was ahead of Dole in one Harris poll by 22 percent and in a Gallup poll by 17 percent.
McCain's George W. Bush Syndrome
April 02, 2008
As Jason notes below, John McCain's biographical speech was a good imitation of Bob Dole, circa 1996. Additionally, it's worth noting the speech echoed the carefully constructed biographical narrative of another recent GOP candidate: George W. Bush. Ed Kilgore: The theme of the callow young man achieving maturity and then complete identification with his patrimony is as old as the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son.
My Little Phony
January 30, 2008
Jonathan Chait defends Mitt Romney.
Looking Good, Bob Dole!
January 28, 2008
No surprise to see Bob Dole in the First Lady’s box. In accepting the Republican nomination in 1996, he said, “the fundamental issue is not of policy, but of trust--not merely whether the people trust the President, but whether the President and his party trust the people, trust in their goodness and their genius for recovery. That's what the election is all about.” In fact, his and Jack Kemp’s campaign book was titled, Trusting the People. And isn’t that a fitting end for the Bush Administration: resurrecting the best of the Bob Dole 1996 campaign... --Andrei Cherny
Don't Bank On That Mccain Comeback
October 23, 2007
As long as we're picking on Rick Davis today, what was up with this nugget from that New York Times profile: But Mr. Davis, 50, a jacket-and-tie kind of guy with a runner’s build who stands out in the typically rumpled world of political operatives, has won upsets before. As deputy manager of Bob Dole’s 1996 campaign, for instance, he gained a come-from-behind victory at a Florida straw poll in part by staging an elaborate reception with Mr.
Change of Heartland
September 10, 2007
What's not the matter with Kansas.
February 19, 2007
Elizabeth Dole looks small and tidy tucked into a corner of the CupaCupa coffee shop, situated on the ground floor of the Watergatecomplex where she lives with husband Bob Dole. (Yes, even she callshim by both names.) The North Carolina senator is, as always,perfectly coiffed and perfectly outfitted in a smart black pantsuitwith a white collarless blouse and just the right amount of gold jewelry sprinkled about. Before I even settle into my seat, Dole asks if I'd like anything to drink and offers up a bottle of springwater already on the table.